Easy Instant Pot Asparagus | Kara Lydon

Ready in just 10 minutes, this Instant Pot Asparagus is an easy side dish packed with flavor from the garlic, lemon, and parmesan!

green asparagus in white bowl with lemons on white background, blue striped napkinLooking for a quick and easy vegetable side dish that doesn’t require the oven? This Instant Pot Asparagus is ready in just 10 minutes!

Cooking vegetables in the Instant Pot is a perfect solution for when you’ve already got something cooking in the oven and there’s no more space or you need the oven at a certain temperature!

Studded with garlic, topped with fresh lemon, and sprinkled with grated parmesan, this asparagus is super flavorful. 

And if you hate the soft limp texture of boiled or over-steamed asparagus, the Instant Pot yields soft but crisp-tender spears! 

You can adjust the pressure cook time according to your desired level of tenderness – instructions are in the recipe card!

We love this side dish year round but especially in the spring months when asparagus is in-season! Did you know that produce that’s in-season / locally grown tends to be more affordable, flavorful, and nutritious?

Ingredients You’ll Need

ingredients to make instant pot asparagus on white marbled background

Notes on Ingredients

  • asparagus: fresh asparagus will lend the best flavor but frozen could work as well
  • lemon juice: fresh lemon slices are best but can use bottled lemon juice as well
  • parmesan: adds rich umami flavor, buy pre-grated for a timesaver
  • garlic: packs in flavor! can use garlic powder if you don’t have fresh on hand
  • olive oil: adds flavor and depth
  • salt and pepper: not pictured above but essential for flavor!

Equipment You’ll Need (affiliate links – if you make a purchase I receive a small commission)

How to Make Instant Pot Asparagus
step by step tutorial on how to make instant pot asparagus

1. Prepare the Instant Pot: Place the trivet inside. Pour water into pot.

2. Add asparagus: Add about half in an even layer on top of trivet (perpendicular to the trivet). Place the other half perpendicular to the first layer of spears.

3. Add flavor. Drizzle olive oil over spears and add garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon slices.

4. Pressure cook. Pressure cook asparagus for 0 minutes (it will cook while the pressure builds). Use quick pressure release.

5. Season. Sprinkle cooked asparagus with parmesan and more olive oil, salt, and pepper if desired.

Expert Tips

1. For thin spears or medium spears with a crisp texture, use quick pressure release. For medium to large spears and a more tender texture, use natural pressure release for 1 minute and then quick pressure release.

2. If you can’t get fresh asparagus, frozen or canned work as well!

Recipe FAQs

What if I don’t like asparagus?

The Instant Pot is a great way to prepare a variety of vegetables such as broccoli, bok choy, or zucchini. Cooking times may vary.

Should I cut off the ends of the asparagus?

To avoid a stringy texture from the woody ends of spears, yes! If you would like to remove the ends, asparagus actually has a natural “breaking point”. If you bend the asparagus it should snap close to the end.

Why should I eat asparagus?

Because you like the taste of it! Seriously.

Is asparagus healthy for me?

Asparagus is packed with antioxidants and is a good source of folate, fiber, vitamin A, C, B6, and K. 

green asparagus in white bowl with lemons on white background, blue striped napkin

Storage and Preparation

Instant pot asparagus leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. I recommend putting them in the air fryer or oven for a few minutes to help them crisp back up when you’re ready to eat them again. Or you can warm them in the microwave if in a pinch for time.

Recipes That Pair Well

green asparagus in white bowl with lemons on white background, blue striped napkinFor more asparagus inspiration, check out my other recipes below!

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Description

Ready in just 10 minutes, this Instant Pot Asparagus is an easy side dish packed with flavor from the garlic, lemon, and parmesan!


  • 1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons parmesan cheese


  1. Place trivet into Instant Pot. Pour water into pot.
  2. Place half of asparagus in an even layer on top of trivet so that spears are perpendicular to the trivet. Place the other half perpendicular to the first layer of spears.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over spears and add garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon slices.
  4. Pressure cook for 0 minutes (asparagus will cook while the pot comes to pressure).
  5. For thin spears or medium spears with a crisp texture, use quick pressure release. For medium to large spears and a more tender texture, use natural pressure release for 1 minute and then quick pressure release.
  6. Remove asparagus from the pot and sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving. If desired, season with more olive oil, salt and pepper, to taste.

Notes

  1. Asparagus leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Vegetable
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: instant pot asparagus, how to make asparagus in instant pot

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